The National Health Service Cancer Plan

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The high mortality rate makes cancer the second-highest killer, after heart diseases. Thus cancer is a serious health issue in the United Kingdom. Keeping this in view the National Health Service made an assessment of the currently available interventions to deal with the health problem of cancer and has come out with its recommendations termed the National Health Service (NHS) cancer Plan 2000, with the objective of increasing the effectiveness of the interventions to deal with cancer, so that the citizens derive the maximum benefits from the healthcare system (The NHS Cancer Plan).
The Cancer Plan 2000 commends the interventions to deal with cancer in the healthcare system and recognizes the contributions from voluntary organizations, the community as a whole and the families of those afflicted with cancer. At the same time, it acknowledges that cancer care in the country still needs to be enhanced in the country to the required levels to make proper interventions available to benefit the entire population of the country. In keeping with this, the Cancer Plan 2000 envisages the linking of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and research into one total strategy to effectively tackle the health problem of Cancer.
to build for the future through investment in the cancer workforce, through strong research and thorough preparation for the genetics revolution, so that the NHS never falls behind in cancer care again”
To achieve these aims the Cancer Plan 2000 makes three commitments from the side of the NHS. These include enhanced reduction in smoking rates by 2010 with particular emphasis on the gap between socio-economic groups, reduced waiting times for diagnosis and treatment for all cancers and an investment of fifty million pounds by 2004 in hospices and specialist palliative care services.